18 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Ontario

Ontario offers a full range of travel possibilities with interesting cities and towns, beautiful natural areas, and important cultural institutions.

1. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is Canada's most internationally recognized attraction, visited by millions of tourists each year. While there are actually three sets of falls, the largest section, known as Horseshoe Falls, drops approximately 57 meters creating a great wall of water that stretches between Niagara Falls, Canada and Niagara Falls, USA. The falls are famous primarily for the large volume of water flowing over them, but combined with the huge drop it is truly a magnificent sight. They are located right at the city of Niagara Falls, making them easy to visit. It's possible to walk down the main tourist strip in Niagara Falls, an outrageous spectacle in itself, to the edge of the gorge where there are great views all along the walkway overlooking the river and the falls. Day trip tours can be easily arranged from hotels or hostels inToronto. By car, the trip from Toronto takes about one and a half hours.

2. Toronto's CN Tower

Toronto's CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of Canada's most iconic structures, standing tall along the Toronto skyline. The 553-meter tower is lit up at night and can be seen from all over the city and surroundings at any time of day but visitors will likely want to take a trip up the tower to fully experience it. An elevator allows access to the observation deck and restaurants, located about three quarters of the way to the top. The view is astounding, looking out over the city and Lake Ontario. On clear days it's possible to see all the way to the plume of mist rising off Niagara Falls. In the evening the sparkling city lights are also impressive. The tower is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, and at the base is the new Ripley's Aquarium and Rogers Centre.